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  • Summary: This documentary examines the life of the Australian-born fashion designer, performance artist and gay nightclub icon.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Halter
    80
    Atlas allows Bowery's genius to retain, in the words of one admirer, "a big bundle of contradictions," not unlike his shocking designs themselves.
  2. 75
    It takes almost an hour for The Legend of Leigh Bowery to make a case for Bowery's sort of genius, and in the last third, the movie gives a real sense of what made him him.
  3. You may find the film as outrageous as it is outlandish, and Bowery would have taken that as a compliment.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    An engrossingly detailed if perhaps inevitably enigmatic portrait of the elusive, outrageous provocateur.
  5. The film's most weirdly beautiful moments are its excerpts from Bowery's collaborations with the Michael Clark Dance Company.
  6. 63
    This absorbing documentary, which has already been shown on cable, is getting a theatrical run to capitalize on the Broadway musical "Taboo."
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    38
    At best, this movie functions as a brief companion piece to Boy George's new Broadway show, “Taboo.”

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3